James Hamilton, Subject Painter

(b. 1819, d. 1878)

Subject Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was born in Ireland in 1819, and at an early age went to America. He was for a time in business in Philadelphia, but his talent for art led him to adopt it as a profession. He taught drawing in Philadelphia, and painted a number of pictures, particularly marine views such as "The Capture of the Serapis," "Old Ironsides," "Wrecked Hopes," etc. He illustrated the "Life of Paul Jones," 1845; Kane's "Arctic Explorations," 1856; Coleridge's "Ancient Mariner," and other popular works. In 1854 he came to England, but returned to America in 1856. He died on the 10th March, 1878.

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